"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:11-13
Though the Apostle Paul’s ministry was greatly effective, it certainly was not easy. He was constantly under attack for his preaching by the unbelieving Jewish leaders who opposed the message of Christ as the Messiah, by the pagan leaders who opposed the teaching against idolatry, and by the Roman authorities who viewed this new religion as a threat. Paul was beaten, jailed, stoned, shipwrecked, and had to flee for his life on multiple occasions. Yet through all the trials and challenges, Paul’s faith rested in Christ.
The letter we know as the book of Philippians was written by Paul while he was in jail in Rome for his fearless preaching. Despite all that he had endured and the trouble of his current surroundings, Paul could write that he was content. True contentment has nothing to do with our possessions or our location; it has to do with our faith. Our God reminds us that both scarcity and abundance are according to His plan, and when we recognize that truth, we can find contentment in any situation. True contentment allows us to attempt great things for God, knowing that the strength given to us by Christ, will be equal to any challenge we face.
The more we trust God’s goodness and provision, the more content we are regardless of our circumstances.